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Businesses share their perspective on online platforms

2 December 2015

On Wednesday 2 December the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee hears from business sector and data transparency experts.

Witnesses

The evidence sessions takes place on Wednesday 2 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster.

At 4.15pm:

  • Ms Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association
  • Tim Godfray, Booksellers Association
  • Carolyn Jameson, Chief Legal Officer, Skyscanner
  • Kostas Rossoglou, Head of EU Public Policy,Yelp

At 5.15pm:

  • Michael Ross, Co-Founder and Chief Scientists, Dynamic Action
  • Josh Smith, Associate Researcher, CASM, Demos
  • David Alexander, CEO, MyDex Cic
  • Steve Wood, Information Commissioner's Office

Likely questions

The Lords' EU Internal Market Sub-Committee is carrying out an inquiry examining the benefits and problems caused by online platforms, as embodied by companies such as Amazon, Google, Uber and Airbnb.

  • To what extent are businesses  locked-in and unable to switch to another online platform if desired?
  • Do large online platforms abuse their dominant position?
  • How effective are competition agencies in enforcing competition law?
  • To what extent will the Digital Single Market help European businesses to grow and scale up?
  • What are the limitations of the current consent-based model of personal data protection?
  • Do you find ratings, reviews, certifications and Trustmarks to be generally reliable? 
  • Do you think that data protection law needs to be more effectively enforced?

Further information

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